Pupils from The River School in Worcester were put through their paces recently by basketball players from the Worcester Wolves. Three members of the team visited to teach year 5 pupils basketball skills and inspire them to learn more about the sport.
The pupils are both studying and playing the game this term.
Their visit included a session of shooting baskets as well as introducing the pupils to some of the sport’s rules; they were then given the chance to play a number of games. This was followed by a questions and answers session and the chance for the pupils to hear how the players came to play basketball and what the sport meant to them.
The players were :
• Trevor Setty – standing at 6’ 8”, the former Pikeville University graduate from America plays guard/forward; he arrived at Worcester having previously played in the BBL with The Surrey Scorchers and Plymouth University Raiders. More recently Setty has been playing in Australia for the Mandurah Magic in the SBL where he averaged 23.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game;
• 30 year old Spaniard Alejandro Navajas joined the Wolves from double winning Marin, who play in the LEB silver Division in Spain. He helped his now former team to league and cup winning success last season, averaging 10 point and 5 rebounds per game. Significantly, Navajas was a product of the prestigious Unicaja Malaga programme and has played most of his basketball in the highly respected Leb Gold Divisions and has developed a strong reputation for his ‘all round’ contribution to the team.
• Canadian Marek Klassen was one of the outstanding point guards in the BBL last season who averaged 17.7 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game and an impressive 8.1 assists per game after joining Leeds Force at the mid- point of the campaign.
Fiona Pessoa, class teacher at the school said : “We were absolutely delighted to welcome the three members of the Worcester Wolves to our school recently. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt so much. We would like to thank them for taking the time to inspire us with their love of the game!”